The outlook surrounding the New York Mets has changed dramatically in the last ten days. Last Thursday, the Mets came home reeling from a three game sweep in Atlanta to cap off a miserable 1-6 road trip. The Mets faced a 10 game home stand to wrap up the first half, which wasn't a good thing since Citi Field has been kryptonite for the Mets' bats. The Mets flipped the script, winning six of the first eight games in their home stand and pulling to within seven games of the .500 mark. The Mets (43-50) can now win their third consecutive home series by beating the Miami Marlins (44-48) this afternoon. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 4:10 pm.
The Mets will send right hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32 ERA) to the mound. Matsuzaka took a no decision in his last outing after tossing seven shutout innings against the Braves on Monday, but the Mets would go on to win the game. The Marlins will counter with local product Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98 ERA). Koehler took a loss in his last outing after allowing three runs in seven innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.
New York Mets Lineup:
- RF Curtis Granderson
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Lucas Duda
- C Travis d'Arnaud
- LF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
- CF Juan Lagares
- SS Ruben Tejada
- SP Daisuke Matsuzaka
- The Mets have already seen Koehler three times this season, who is 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA against them.
- Manager Terry Collins told reporters before the game that All Star second baseman Daniel Murphy might get a day off tomorrow since he won't get to take time off during the All Star Break. Eric Campbell would fill in at second for him.
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis has earned another start in left field and will bat sixth. Nieuwenhuis is hitting .364 for the last week.
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